It’s one thing to send your 17yo out to climb Mt Baker on an Outward Bound course. It’s another to be staring at it hoping he’s ready for the challenge. After a week of backpacking and training in the Cascades they will attempt the summit this Wednesday. Sending strong, endurance, patience and safety thoughts his way.....💪🏻👊🏻👍🏻🙌🏻✨💛 #nwobs#outwardbound#youvegotthisford#mtbaker
Ginger, the ED, here with my last post to wrap up my #socialtakeover and my #followourwake expedition. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time reflecting on the work we do, the people we serve and the impact that we make. I visited students #canoeing on the Potomac River in West Virginia, #backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and #seakayaking on the Chesapeake Bay. Across all of those places one thing stood out: our ridiculously talented instructors and field staff. These folks work 24/7 to make sure our courses are the best they can be for our students. The fact is: Outward Bound would not be as powerful and transformative as it is without these amazing people. I’m honored and grateful to work alongside of the best staff an Executive Director could hope for! Thank you for letting me tag along! Go team! ❤️
“It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.” - Mark Twight
But damn was it fun! I’m at home in the mountains, nestled among wildflowers, with everything I need on my back. Add in some knife ridges, chossy passes, some lives to be in charge of and so much laughter my abs hurt and I’ll want to stay out there forever. Looking forward to my second @cobs_org trip of the summer tomorrow and remembering the first one with glee!
Ginger here on day 6 of my #followourwake expedition and #socialtakeover . Today started bright and early with a scouting trip on the Nanticoke River with Tom Horton, well know environmental writer and resident Nanticoke expert. We wound our way up and down lots of little creeks looking for the best campsites this beautiful place has to offer. We definitely found a few gems and can’t wait to share them with our students. Remember the kids who were rock climbing a few days ago? Well they are now sea kayaking and we were able to catch them for a quick pic while the lunched. The day is closing and I can’t wait for sunset. Stay tuned! .
And he is back - definitely looking older with the facial hair. 19 days The Outward Bound Trust 'Ultimate Expedition' with teenagers from around the world 🌎 trekking across the Scottish highlands, climbing, kayaking, sailing, river gorging, trekking up mountains, no toilets or showers. One day they walked 6 miles on Scotlands hottest day to buy an ice cream and then 6 miles back to the tents. He got to a phone one day and called us and we offered to drive up and get him as the heat, horseflies and hayfever were getting to him - but he kept going. Super proud of him, now to the cinema to celebrate his return (Xander's choice Incredibles 2)!
We have applied Lavender oil to his many many bites which has helped. Oops should have sent him with some Lavender - my bad!
💜Just one question can express the love 😘"Why do I have the best teammates and best instructors?"😘 💜MARCO POLO FOREVER!'💜
P.s. Really missing u guys alr😢!! No one can replace y'all dun worry!✌
In and age where young people spend as little as 16 minutes per day playing outside & as much as 6 hours on screens, the tireless work of @outwardbounduk has never been more important.
Honoured to address the generous supporters of @outwardbounduk last week in #windsorcastle in my role as a trustee.
Without their support it would not have been possible to introduce over 25,000 to the wonders of outdoor adventure last year alone.
Together may we long continue to enable and inspire all to spend less time on here & more out there!
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Good morning everyone! Ginger, the Executive Director, here on day 5 of my #followourwake expedition and #socialtakeover ! Yesterday was a travel/come home/laundry/repack kind of day so that I could prepare to head back out to the field. Today I’ll be driving to Maryland’s eastern shore to see my friend, Tom Horton, journalist at the Chesapeake Bay Journal and author. He literally wrote the book on the Nanticoke River!! These are pics from of my last paddle through Big Creek Marsh with Tom. The second pic shows him gliding into a huge wild rice paddy which hosts countless migratory birds. On this day we encountered thousands of red-winged black birds feeding on the rice. They would alight when they realized we were there and dip and dive over us until we slipped out of sight. The last picture is of those oh so beautiful sunrises you only see on the bay! Who doesn’t love watching a river wake up? I sure do! Next stop: Nanticoke River 🙌
Photo Credit: @jayflemingphotography .
I had about the least “outdoorys” childhood you could get. Likely due to growing up in the Midwest and being 1 of 7 kids... my parents are saints for simply keeping us alive😅 But regardless of our inexperience, when you turn 18 in my family you are sent away on a 2 week backpacking trip with @outwardboundusa , which feels like cruel and unusual punishment at the time haha.This outward bound trip becomes a bit of a legend in our family, it’s something we reference back to for years, retelling the stories of mountain top thunderstorms and describing your horrible stench after 14 days of no shower, we usually consider it the peak of our outdoor careers. I didn’t know it then, but this trip changed my life...and now when I think about cycling through Alaska I think to myself, I can’t believe I planned my own outward bound, and I’m doing it all by myself.
Im 3 weeks from my departure for Alaska and I’m tired of waiting, let’s just go already! #outwardbound#biketour#solotravler#dirtbagdiaries
7 days without technology. 4 days of expedition. From hiking for 7 hours or so and kayaking for another 8 hours in total, I couldn't ask for a better team than Team Irau. You guys are the best! #outwardbound